On Wednesday afternoon, Fox confirmed what many in the industry long suspected would come to pass: "House" will air its last episode at the end of the 2011-2012 television season.
The official announcement from “House” executive producers David Shore, Katie Jacobs and Hugh Laurie, as well as a statement from Fox’s Entertainment President Kevin Reilly, distributed via press release, is attached here:
“After much deliberation, the producers of House M.D. have decided that this season of the show, the 8th, should be the last. By April this year they will have completed 177 episodes, which is about 175 more than anyone expected back in 2004. ”
“The makers of House would also like to thank Fox Broadcasting and Universal Television for supporting the show with patience, imagination and large quantities of good taste. The Studio-As-Evil-Adversary is one of the many clichés that House has managed to avoid, and for that the cast and crew are deeply grateful.”
“So, finally, everyone at House will bid farewell to the audience and to each other with more than a few tears, but also with a deep feeling of gratitude for the grand adventure they have been privileged to enjoy for the last eight years. If the show lives on somewhere, with somebody, as a fond memory, then that is a precious feat, of which we will always be proud.”
Rumors about the cancellation of the series existed since the first season, but "House" was recovered and became a huge success worldwide audience.
Since last year the audience suffered a severe downturn, a trend that has increased during the eighth season.
The series earned him several Emmy and Golden Globe Laurie, who came to collect about $ 400,000 per episode.
This year also marks the end for "Desperate Housewives," starring Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross, Eva Longoria, now in its eighth season.